Robert Hunter Live at St. Michaels Alley on 1980-10-30
Disc 1 47:09-
01 (X)Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodleloo
02 Slack String Quartet
03 Willie Poor Boy
04 Jack Straw
05 Sweet Little Wheels
06 Touch Of Grey
08 Adventures In Love>
09 Alabame Getaway
10 Bird Song
11 Day Job*
Disc 2 40:33
01 (X)Black Peter
02 Box Of Rain
03 Brown Eyed Women
04 Casey Jones
05 Cruel White Waters>
-Reuben And Cherise, aborted-**
07 The Eleven>
08 St. Stephen>
09 Friend Of The Devil>
10 Boys In The Barroom>
Collection RobertHunterBand/Artist Robert HunterVenue St. Michaels AlleyLocation Palo Alto, CASource sbd>?>cassLineage My 3rd gen tape>Harmon Kardon TD 302 cassette deck, heads aligned to each tape side, dobly B decoded>Zoom H2 (16/44.1)>edited, normalized and tracked with wavepad> FLAC (level 8 ) & checksums via traderslittlehelperTransferred by arfarf
No EQ or other sweetening of what I hope is an accurate reflection of this recording.
Analog to digital transfer 2011-04-04
*earliest known Day Job
**PARENTAL ADVISORY: Hunter drops several f-bombs in odd opening lyrics to Cruel White Waters,
also after the song, he starts Reuben & Cherise, but his harmonica fails ,
so Hunter elects to play Althea instead.
Notes on this recording: Although this tape circulated some in the late 80's
analog trading days, I haven't seen it circulate digitally. Pretty decent soundboard
of a show where Hunter sounds relaxed, at home and among friends.
May 12, 2011
St. Michael's Alley
The opening to "Cruel White Water" is actually a modified version of "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie, which had topped the charts (#1 on Billboard in the US and UK) the previous year.
St. Michael's Alley had been downtown Palo Alto's first "Beatnik" Cafe, opening in 1958, located at 436 University (now a Peet's Coffee). At various times, the likes of Joan Baez (already famous) and Jerry Garcia hung out there (not famous), not least because there was nowhere else to get an espresso. Somewhere in the early 1960s, Robert Hunter had a job there as a dishwasher.
After an unfortunate pot bust in 1964, business declined. The cafe did present music, and even auditioned the Warlocks in 1965, but they flunked and weren't hired. The cafe closed in 1966.
In 1973, St. Michael's Alley re-opened a few blocks away (at 800 Emerson), this time as a more upscale restaurant, a role in which it was quite successful. The patrons were largely the same people as before, but by this time they were doctors or programmers instead of penniless graduate students.
The "new" St. Michael's Alley had the same entertainment policy as the old one, with occasional varied acoustic music (folk, jazz, classical). Hunter's relaxed attitude must stem from the fact that although the venue was different, he was still friendly with the owner and clearly with some of the audience.
The "new" St. Michael's Alley closed about 1994, although it has since opened yet again on Homer Avenue. I do not know if the original owner (Vernon Gates) is still involved.